I have been using Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription service for Lightroom and Photoshop, etc., for my workflow for awhile now. This past week I had noticed that at the subscription login prompt, there were pending updates waiting to download. I was in a hurry, and thinking it was in my best interest, I proceeded with the updates, and moved on with my life. On Saturday evening I discovered that my workflow processes was disrupted, broken is actually a better description. After a few encounters with the error message; “The command camera raw filter is currently not available”, I searched the internet for clues to what was happening.
I use a lot of “focus stacking” and “bracketing” techniques in my photography, and during such- set my “mode” to 32 bit, then proceed to “tone in ACR”. This normally initiates ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) for that particular 32 bit “smart object”. Suddenly though, after these updates, it seems that ACR will no longer function with 32 bit images.
My internet search for answers only helped me in so much as I now know that it is an issue that other photographers are also having. I was also able to find that an Adobe staffer named Brett N did confirm on April 12, 2017 at 4:36PM- “We’ve confirmed this behavior on our end. This has been reported to the engineering team for repair in a future release.” https://forums.adobe.com/thread
At this point in time, there is no more information forthcoming from Adobe. There has also been no mention of when the “future release” date might be. Apparently this is the second time this has occurred in as many years. I would highly urge photographers who use Photoshop for “Focus Stacking”, “Bracketing”, or “HDR”, to avoid the current updates (17.1.0), and stay firm with the functioning 17.0.1 edition until the problems are resolved. I unfortunately learned this too late!
Until the next update-
Light and Love, Leslie- Out Chasing Light